Leeds figures released as nearly 6,000 people have now tested positive for coronavirus in Yorkshire

A total of 5,939 people have now tested positive for coronavirus in Yorkshire, the Department of Health has confirmed.

Thursday, 16th April 2020, 5:03 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th April 2020, 5:04 pm

The figure, accurate as of 9am today, is up by 149 cases from Wednesday's update.

Sheffield is the worst-hit local authority area, with 1,412 confirmed cases, followed by Leeds with 743 confirmed cases.

Leeds has seen a decrease in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, which have dropped by 36 cases since the last update.

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There are 743confirmed cases in Leeds (Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

The daily figures are subject to 'data cleansing', which means they can fluctuate between local authority areas.

In the UK, 103,093 people have now tested positive for Covid-19.

Downing Street has said the UK now has the capacity to conduct 35,000 coronavirus tests a day - although fewer than half that number are currently being carried out.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said that in the 24 hours up to 9am on Wednesday, 15,994 tests were carried out across England, Scotland and Wales.

"We have been very clear that where there is spare capacity available that should be used on NHS staff, on their families, and in social care," the spokesman said.

The full list of confirmed cases by local authority area are as follows:

Barnsley - 415

Bradford - 460

Calderdale - 168

Doncaster - 239

East Riding - 272

Hull (Kingston upon Hull) - 175

Kirklees - 381

Leeds - 743

North East Lincolnshire - 86

North Lincolnshire - 142

North Yorkshire - 542

Rotherham - 407

Sheffield - 1,412

Wakefield - 344

York - 153

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